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Mode of delivery after caesarian: a qualitative investigation

Lookup NU author(s): Allison FarnworthORCiD, Professor Pauline Pearson


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Women who have had a caesarean birth face a decision about how to deliver their baby in a subsequent pregnancy. This paper describes a qualitative study exploring the decision making experience of such women. Eleven pregnant women who had had a caesarean section in their previous pregnancy took part in semi-structured interviews one to three days after they had made a choice about mode of delivery. A thematic analysis of the transcripts revealed that most women felt they had made a choice about delivery method, though the extent of involvement in the decision differed. Making choices about delivery after a previous caesarean birth was influenced by a number of people and other factors and it involved assessment of information from previous experiences and trusted others. Medical information about risk/benefit was considered alongside beliefs about birth and moral concerns about the ‘correct’ choices to make.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Farnworth A, Pearson P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Midwifery

Year: 2007

Volume: 15

Issue: 3

Pages: 159-163

ISSN (print): 0969-4900

Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.